Traci Harrison of Joliet, Goep's daughter, said Goep was indeed very involved with his family.
In an email Traci wrote, "When I was a kid, I wanted to be anywhere he was. I'd ride in the truck with him to plow snow, I'd go to the softball fields for his games, I'd go with him to visit a friend; anywhere I could go, I did. My dad was so fun and so active and always doing something."
But Goep also took his parenting role seriously.
"He made sure we were getting good grades, had good friendships, and always, always apart of our sports," Traci wrote. "From coaching to being the most supportive spectator, my dad was there for it all. He was the only person I could take any kind of criticism from. My dad spoke to us in a constructive, non judgmental, helpful way."
Goep is pictured with Debbie Goepper, Traci Harrison, Jeremy Harrison, Christopher Piazza, Chloe Piazza, Zac Harrison and Jack Piazza.